Are the State's arrest powers in practice if not in technical nature part of due process? I'm not saying what they did was right, but that it may be a little extreme to label it extra-judicial. Excessive Force is a lot less Gray- though until we get more details it's all some level of gray.
Lots of grey. Lots of black too.
Hypothetical conversation between two LEO's on scene who later actually took part in the activity:
Cop 1: "Well, I can say this... he's not coming outta there alive"
Cop 2: "Darn right bubba"
= Conspiracy to deny due process under color of law.
Anyone out there doubt in their heart of hearts that this sort of conversation didn't take place?
This case would be a slam dunk for any civil rights attorney willing to take it on.